[Mother Teresa's Quotations Walk (English & Japanese)] What is happiness in love and faith?

Mother Teresa is a world-renowned Catholic nun and founder of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Divine Love.

Mother" is an honorific title for a leading nun. Mother Teresa is the honorific name for the leading nun, and "Teresa" is the religious name for her beloved Thérèse of Lisieux.

Mother Teresa was originally a teacher who began working alone in the slums, inspiring and influencing many people.

Her work for the poor, which began in Calcutta, is still being spread throughout the world by nuns, even though Mother Teresa is no longer with us. 

She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and left behind many words of wisdom during her lifetime. In this article, we will trace Mother Teresa's background and share some of her best quotes.

Mother Teresa's Life as a Background for Her Wise Words

  Mother Teresa came into the world in 1910. She was born in the Ottoman Empire and her real name was Agnesa/Antigona Gongea Boiagi (armâneaşti).

People called her Mother as an honorific title for a leading nun. Her parents were Catholics, a rarity in her hometown, and her father was a well-known local businessman. She also had an older sister who was six years older than her and an older brother who was three years older than her.

The family was wealthy, but her parents were religious and actively gave to the poor.

Her career as a nun began.

At the age of 18, Mother Teresa left her hometown to join the Loreto Nuns in Ireland. Here she received her basic education and went to Darjeeling, India in 1931 as a novice.

At the age of 21, she was sent to India as a nun on her own initiative. At the age of 21, she became a teacher of geography and history in what is now Kolkata, then called Calcutta.

Her classes were full of humor and she was very popular with the students. It was at this time that she changed her religious name to Teresa. For the first 17 years of her life in India, she was a teacher at St. Mary's College in Calcutta.

Receive a message from God

At the young age of 34, she was appointed principal of St. Mary's High School, and her career may have been quite spectacular.

But it didn't end there. At the age of 36, she received a call from God. At the age of 36, she received a call from God to work for the poorest of the poor.

A message from God changed her life. She retired from her educational life under God's guidance and began serving alone in the slums for the poor.

At that time, India had won its independence from Britain and was free as a result of Gandhi's "non-violence and disobedience" activities. However, there were constant religious conflicts in India.

India and Pakistan, which had been the same country, split up due to religious issues and fights broke out over territories. Millions of people died in the tragic situation, and life in the poverty-stricken slums did not improve immediately after independence.

Mother Teresa, who began her life in the slums as fate would have it, has left behind many words of wisdom since that time.

She gave free classes to poor children who could not go to school, and her students from her days at St. Mary's College volunteered to join her.It was not until a little later that she was called Mother Teresa.

At the age of 42, with the cooperation of the Indian government, she took over an abandoned temple and opened a hospice called the House for the Dying.

Receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for her work around the world

Her work has been recognized all over India, and she has received various awards.Mother Teresa's "one-woman" work has spread throughout the world over the past half century, and has influenced many lives.

In 1979, at the age of 69, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Even at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway, Mother Teresa appeared in her usual white sari and sandals and said, "I myself do not deserve it. I represent the poor," she said as she accepted the Nobel Peace Prize.

Mother Teresa's health deteriorated after she turned 70, and she suffered from heart disease and had to undergo surgery to install a pacemaker.

However, even after her health deteriorated, she continued to serve the poor vigorously until her death and passed away at the age of 87.

Mother Teresa Quotes

Mother Teresa's quotes are characterized by the fact that they do not use difficult words and are easy for anyone to understand. There is a power in them that reaches straight to people all over the world and motivates them.

Life in Mother Teresa.

⭐Life is beauty, admire it./Life is a dream, realize it.Life is a challenge, meet it.Life is a duty, complete it.Life is a game, play it.

⭐人生とは機会です。 そこから恩恵を受けてください。人生とは夢です。それを実現してください。人生とは挑戦です。それをかなえてください。

⭐Life is a promise, fulfill it.Life is sorrow, overcome it.Life is a song, sing it.Life is a struggle, accept it.Life is a tragedy, confront it.


⭐Life is an adventure, dare it.Life is luck, make it.Life is too precious, do not destroy it.Life is life, fight for it.


(source-e.g. quotation「MIND from MIND BBS」GROUND ANGELサイト)

"Life is... " is a quote that expresses life in a simple way. It is a gentle and warm force that gently pushes you to

To overcome your own small problems and obstacles to grow bigger. I think the best part of life is experiencing suffering, but overcoming it and moving forward.

When you feel like you're falling apart, quietly remember this gem of a quote.

Mother Teresa's Quotes 2 Powerful Words

⭐Life is one of chance, grab something from life.


(source-e.g. quotation『生命あるすべてのものに (講談社現代新書) 新書 』講談社 より)

Mother Teresa longed to become a nun of her own will and continued to serve the poor throughout her life, fulfilling her dream of love.
These are the words that came from deep within her heart.
Life is an opportunity" means that there are those who take advantage of opportunities and those who do not.

In order to make the most of opportunities, we must always live with a spirit of challenge. In order to "make the most of opportunities," we must always live with the spirit of challenge, and not only focus on the results of success or failure, but also learn from our successes and feed our minds from our failures.

What do you grab from life?  What do we learn from life? . That's one of the purposes of life, isn't it?
I would like to live my best life with these words engraved in my soul.

Mother Teresa's Quotes 3: Words of Courage

⭐You should not be waiting for people to lead me.You are going to lead the people.


( source-e.g. quotation2020 名言の旅 e.j.quotes」翻訳者・helmsman/siteより)

Mother Teresa was a teacher in Calcutta when one day she received a revelation from God and began to work with the poor.

She started out alone, in a slum where there was no school, with a blue sky class for children. Her activities in the slums gradually caught the attention of her former students, and the circle of volunteers began to expand.

Today, her work is on a global scale, and there is no end to the number of people who will follow in her footsteps.

Mother Teresa acted on her own and changed the consciousness of the people around her.

Great people always overcome loneliness to carve out their own path. They never wait for someone to guide them. I believe that heaven's help will come to us as we move forward with our own consciousness and lead others.

Not everyone can become a great person who will go down in history. However, I believe it is possible for anyone to become a "small great person" who loves the people around them with courage.

Mother Teresa's Quotes 4: The Meaning of Life

⭐ I left yesterday. It is not yet come tomorrow.But to us, only there is today. Come on, let’s get started.


(source-e.g. quotation世界中の朝日×偉人たちの名言 あなたの朝を整える100の言葉』いろは出版)

Mother Teresa must have had many trials and tribulations in her service to the poor. Naturally, there were those who could be saved and those who could not.

If we feel sorrow for those who could not be saved, but this does not give us the energy for today's activities, then the number of people who cannot be saved will increase.

If we keep in our hearts the sorrow of love for those we were unable to save yesterday, we need to devise a better day today and strive for heartfelt activities of love.

She also felt that it would be a waste of time to worry about tomorrow.

We must always remember to look forward and face the future.

Mother Teresa's words of wisdom teach us the importance of living life to the fullest in the present. Even the hardest things may become clearer to us as time goes by. That is why it is important to live life to the fullest in the present.

Mother Teresa's Quotes 5: What is Destiny?

(Note: Although generally spread as a quote by Mother Teresa, the following has also been introduced as a quote by Mahatma Gandhi and as a favorite saying of the Iron Lady Thatcher. It is an old adage)

⭐Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

⭐思考 に 気 を つけ なさい。 それ は 言葉 に なる から。
言葉 に 気 を つけ なさい。 それ は 行動 に なる から。
行動 に 気 を つけ なさい。(それは習慣になるから。
習慣に 気 を つけ なさい。)それ は 人格 に なる から。
人格 に 気 を つけ なさい。 それ は あなた の 運命 に なる から。

(source-e.g. quotation英語de名言』宮崎哲也著より サッチャーの言葉して紹介) 

These are words that will remain in the hearts of many people. It's a lesson that is easy to understand, like teaching a child, but one that sticks with everyone.

Don't think about complicated things, but be aware of simple ideas that get to the point. And by building on that, you can change even your destiny.

This wise saying teaches us that we have such power. The continuation of our efforts in our casual daily actions, words and deeds will determine our lives and destiny.

Mother Teresa's Quotes 6: On Will

⭐People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.


 (source-e.g. quotationマザー・テレサ100の言葉』女子パウロ会・英文はイソラボiso.labo.comより)

Mother Teresa did not reject life's irrational, illogical, selfish, etc. feelings by turning a blind eye to them.

Of course, she was fully aware of these problems and taught us the guidelines for living a life of giving love.

She simply gives her all to what she can do now. We don't expect good results, but we are always honest and not influenced by what someone else says.

We don't care if we are called "selfish" or "hypocritical" when we do something good, we just keep doing what we believe is right.

But it is not an easy thing to do. Even if you can do it for a while, you will need to overcome many struggles in order to continue doing it for the rest of your life.

So how can we learn to accept these words of hers?

That is the "power of faith. Therein lies "the power to believe in the God of love, the power to believe fully. 

Mother Teresa's Quotes 7: On Love

⭐Rather than a piece of bread, a lot of people I love, hungry for a small smile.


(source-e.g. quotationマザー・テレサ 愛と祈りをこめて』中井 俊已 (著) phpより)

Mother Teresa said, "The greatest misfortune is to be alone and to be wanted by no one.

People feel a deep sense of loneliness and no one needs them, or when they want to be loved but no one will love them.

And no matter how rich a person is financially, money cannot fill the lonely feeling.

For example, even if one's dream comes true, if there is no one to share the joy or make one happy, one feels lonely and hungry.

That would prove that the success was a success that was pushed through without considering the feelings of those around you, thinking only of yourself. 

Many people are hungry for love, for a little smile. That is why Mother Teresa always had a smile on her face.

Mother Teresa taught that what is lacking in this world is "love and gratitude, and the expression of these is a smile, a smile directed at someone else.

Mother Teresa's Quotes 8: Hunger for Love

⭐The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.

⭐愛 に対する 飢え の 方 が、 パン に対する 飢え を 取り除く こと よりも、 はるか に 難しい。

(source-e.g. quotation日本語と英語で読む!愛の名言100 バイリンガル名言集』出口 敏雄より)

From the Christian point of view, love is the water of life. It is through love that human life shines.

There is a great lack of love and gratitude in the world.

To put it another way, love and gratitude are the holy power that will make the world a utopia.

Mother Teresa Quote 9: The Love of Forgiveness

⭐People are often unreasonable irrational and self-centered forgive them anyway.

⭐人々 は 往々 に し て 理不尽 で、 不合理 で、 自己中 心的 です。 とにかく 彼ら を 赦し なさい。

(source-e.g. quotation『続・道をひらく英語の名言50』中村 友彦著より)

Forgiveness is another item in the practice of love.

Forgiving love is the kindness and great love that embraces and forgives even those who are not perfect and sinners.

Forgiving love is the target of love's effort.

The first step in forgiving someone is to think, "I've suffered enough about this, and I don't see how dragging my feelings out any longer will be productive for the future. , I don't want to spend any more time on this issue.

There is also the idea of setting a statute of limitations on this issue, just as there is a statute of limitations on cases.

The first step is to resolve to forgive, for the sake of the other person and for yourself.

However, in order to practice forgiving love in a deep sense, we need to discover that we ourselves are imperfect people who have been forgiven by many people.
In addition, there must be a deepening of the "religious  precincts" that comes with the realization that "we have been embraced in the heart of the great God.

Mother Teresa Quote 10: The Virtue of Integrity

⭐If you are honest, people may cheat you.Be honest anyway.


( source-e.g. quotation『それでもなお、人を愛しなさい―人生の意味を見つけるための逆説の10カ条 』ケント・M・キース著 より)

A verse from the Ten Articles of Paradox. This is a quote that was written on the wall of Mother Teresa's House for Orphans in Calcutta. Actually, the author is Kent M. Keith (an American), but it has been handed down as Mother Teresa's beloved words. 

If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Still, be honest and sincere.

Living by the motto of honesty and integrity may seem to be a disadvantage, but in the end, you will receive the trust and help of many people. It is the royal road to victory in life.

Being honest and sincere is also the sincerity of love. In order to make the world a better place, sincere love must abound.

Mother Teresa's Quotes 11: On Peace

⭐Peace begins with a smile.

⭐平和 は 微笑み から 始まる

(source-e.g. quotation英語de名言』宮崎哲也著より)

Smiling is the basis of practicing love.

Smiling has power (aura). It has a wonderful effect on oneself and the people around you, and it spreads to the whole world.

Mother Teresa quote 12: Look at the sun.

⭐Look at the sun. Then the shadows disappear.


(source-e.g. quotationマザー・テレサ 愛の軌跡・改訂版ナヴィン チャウラ  (著)日本教文社)

By always focusing on the "truth" like a shining sun, you will not be lost.

Mother Teresa Quote 13: The Value of Words

⭐Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.  

⭐相手 への 思いやり の ある 言葉 は、 短く て 口 に し やすい もの です が、 でも その 響き は、 本当に いつ までも 心 に 残る もの です。

(source-e.g. quotation『音読したい英語名言300選 (中経出版) 』英語名言研究会; 田中安行著より)

Words of kindness and compassion from the heart, words that encourage others, are the light of love itself. If the light of love is there, its echo will have a long-lasting effect on the other person's life.

Mother Teresa Quotes 14: Words of Award

⭐How many breads can I buy with this money?


(source-e.g. quotation出典: フリー百科事典『ウィキペディア(Wikipedia)マザーテレサより』

These words were spoken by Mother Teresa when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Mother Teresa's Quotes 15: Reflection and Love

⭐(Sorry, I can't find the source in English, but here is a summary of the content)
If each of us cleans our own front door, the whole world will be clean.


(source-e.g. quotation3週間続ければ一生が変わる』ロビン シャーマ (著), 海竜社より)

If each one of us cleans our own heart every day, acts with awareness, and becomes a person who practices love, it will be a light that will change the world.

Mother Teresa's Quotes 16: The Benefits of a Smile

⭐Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

⭐お互い に いつも 笑顔 で 会い ましょ う。 笑顔 は 愛 の 始まり だ から。

(source-e.g. quotation日本語と英語で読む!愛の名言100 バイリンガル名言集』出口 敏雄より)

The smTo give a smile is called "顔施(ganse--0fferings・ Offer the act of smiling." in Buddhist terms. To smile, is the beginning of love.

Mother Teresa quote 17: The opposite of love is

⭐Opposition to love is indifference, not hate.


(source-e.g. quotationマザー・テレサ日々のことば』女子パウロ会より)

Love is concern for others and is a manifestation of our desire to "do good for others. On the other hand, being treated indifferently and ignored by others is the most painful thing for anyone.

Mother Teresa's Quotes 18: Words and Love

⭐Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.


(source-e.g. quotation『1分間の習慣が人を確実に変える【エッセンシャル版】』 マーシャ・マルカ著 SMART GATE. より)

Heartfelt words shine with the light of love.

Even if the words are short and easy to say, for example, "I love you," the way you put your heart (love) into them will change their influence and brightness in the heart of the other person.

Mother Teresa quote 19: With great love

⭐Love is doing small things with great love.

⭐愛とは、 大きな 愛情をもって小さなことをすることである。

(source-e.g. quotation日本語と英語で読む!愛の名言100 バイリンガル名言集』出口 敏雄著)

The "little things" would be the more familiar and practical love.

The accumulation of small salvations and practices of love will eventually flow as a great river of love.

Mother Teresa's Quotes 20: The Power of Love and the World

⭐We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion.

⭐平和をもたらすために銃や爆弾は必要ありませ ん。 必要 なのは 愛と思いやりです。

(source-e.g. quotation『愛と優しさの言葉 60+』ひまわり出版より)

This is a quote that strongly appeals to the truth that it is "the power of love" that makes the world peaceful.

Mother Teresa's famous episode

The following are some of the most famous episodes about Mother Teresa, who led many people.

Turning down the prize money

When she won the Nobel Peace Prize, she refused to accept the $192,000 prize money against herself. And she decided to use it to help the poor people of Calcutta.

"Can you buy some bread with this money"?

This is when she made the famous remark, "How many loaves of bread can this money buy?

He was not thinking about his own honor or profit, but about the hungry people.

Withdrawing from the dinner party

A dinner party was scheduled to be held after the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony.

When she learned of this, she asked that the money for the dinner be used for the benefit of the people of Calcutta.

This episode is sometimes referred to in conjunction with the above-mentioned withdrawal of the prize money.

Mother Teresa was compassionate even as a child.

As a child, she was intelligent and kind to others, and it is said that by the age of 12, she wanted to work as a nun in India.

In fact, she would go down in history as a nun and a saint in the Catholic Church. 

Did she know how to make more money?

One day, Mother Teresa received a donation of Lincoln Continental from the Pope.

The Lincoln Continental is a passenger car manufactured by an American automobile manufacturer.

However, she never used the car, nor did she sell it.

She held a lottery and won a Lincoln Continental as the first prize, which enabled her to fund her activities many times over the price of the luxury car.

The light of Mother Teresa's love continues to shine!

The people of India seem to have lamented her death as a national loss.

However, Mother Teresa's name is now well known all over the world, as she left behind many words of wisdom and had a great influence on the nuns who followed her.

Even those who don't know her in detail have heard and seen her name through the media and books, and the very fact that Mother Teresa, a saint of love, existed continues to encourage many people not only in India but also around the world.

And the light of the great Mother Teresa's love and her passionate faith in God, the source of love, shines brilliantly on the basis of someone's devoted and loving activities even now for those who suffer from poverty and for the poor at heart.

Mother Teresa's words of wisdom are simple and can be easily understood by anyone.

Her message, simple but filled with the light of soul salvation, will never be forgotten and will give power of love and courage to many people in the future. 

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